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Charlestown police trying new program

January 17, 2011

CHARLESTOWN – The Charlestown Police Department was recently chosen, along with Bristol and Smithfield, to attend a workshop to learn an approach to policing that is said to reduce the crime rate in town.

At least, that is what Col. Richard Sullivan, the L.E. Highway Safety Coordinator for Rhode Island, said in an e-mail to Chief of Police Jack Shippee in regards to a two-day workshop on Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, or DDACTS, at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts.

As shown in accompanying documents on the program, DDACTS proved to be especially useful when implemented in St. Albans, Vt., which utilized the initiative through late 2009 and saw a decrease in several crime statistics.

Some of the approaches within DDACTS are problem-oriented policing, sustained patrol, and high visibility, several things that Shippee said his department is currently doing.

In particular, he said the officers are focused on problem-oriented policing and sustained patrol. But through this program, they would be doing both of them simultaneously by combining traffic safety efforts and crime statistics.

“So rather than waste time where this is little or no crime, we're there where we need to be,” Shippee said, adding that he believes his police department was chosen because of its traffic enforcement.

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